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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

"he second set, I would reckon, is up there with the best work the Grateful Dead ever produced."

I wouldnt write off that first set too fast, the China/Rider transition that night in Cleveland, though rather mellow, might be among the best ever?

Agree on the second set, but that 43 minute Dark Star does require a little patience...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

You're right - I should have taken the time to say more about the first set and that finely crafted China/Rider transition in particular. Just playing it again now and you are right on the money, Mr H., astonishingly controlled and beautiful playing.

I do like the Dark Star, though - not much in the way of fireworks, more drifting and dreaming really and sometimes hard to bring into focus, but a bewilderingly lovely thing all the same.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Patience, in that it is over 43 minutes long, however I agree that it contains some rather brilliant passages, not in small part due to what Keith was contributing during 1973. The pre-verse exploration is breathtaking, and again towards the end where Jer steers the band into Eye's, it's magical. I know you dont appreciate the quantitative analysis, but it might be a top ten Dark Star...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Hey! Thats quite a write up! I have to tell you that the comments of CLIFF hit the nail on the head for me for 72-73 DS...don't mean to come in this beautiful thread spreading negativity, but "patience" is the key for me as to my own, very idiosyncratic "difficulty" with these post early era DSs...

Thanks for your patience with me!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Thought I'd bump this one over the detritus by Prime Ministerial request, if for no other reason that it shows Cliff and I having a good exchange about (of all things) the music.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 2, 2009 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Agreed. First set is also top-notch. Check out TLEO, Jimmy and GSET too. This is one of my favorite shows of all time. Always hard to identify the "best" version of anything, but this Here Comes Sunshine really is a cut above and China>Rider is as good as it gets.

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 2, 2009 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

I second (or third) that China/Rider appreciation - I love the December '73 and February '74 versions of this pairing.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Stage Banter

Before HCS..

Bob: We’re fortunate tonight to have with us tonight a recruiting station for the Venutian Red Cross. It’s the gentleman over here with the big red blinking eye. If you’d just like to wander on over there and sign up...

Jerry: The who?

Bob: The Venutian Red Cross.

Jerrry: The [i]Venutian[/i] Red Cross. Is that what that means.

...

Bob: Donna Godchaux’s not with us tonight. She’s home getting big and round.